A heavy day for me yesterday. Issues with mom notwithstanding, midafternoon I found myself in a barbershop spending $23 (ATM fee and tip included), getting a haircut which removed little hair, but a good portion of my soul, though only for a while.
The barber, a man in his 70s and seemingly not in the best of health, struggled making small talk with me, a new customer. After several awkward minutes negotiating some fractured clichés of light familiarization, he began spewing campaign hatred at an alarming rate. He either mistakenly sized me up as one of his own, or just didn’t care about offending me.
Within a few minutes of his rant I had learned that Hillary has killed more people than Saddam, that Trump was going to rid the country of all the lesser brown people, and if for any reason Trump’s victory failed, an all-out civil war would occur within weeks.
When he stopped to take a breath, a female barber seated near us and eating a snack, probably in her 60s, chimed in to reinforce what the man who was too busy hating to properly cut my hair was espousing…
“The nation will go straight to hell” she said, “The woman is pure evil.”
That’s when I was reminded that ignorance is not an individual effort; that it takes a village to raise an idiot.
This is not a political stance for or against either candidate. Just a reminder that ignorance, like fire, requires three elements:
- Receiving misinformation
- Believing misinformation without verification
- Sharing misinformation
When my haircut was complete, I stood up, thanked the man, shook his hand as I paid him, and wished the two of them a good Saturday. It made me feel good to do so – to offer friendship rather than retort. May you all have a good Sunday. Be well… rc
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